Anthony Van Dyck has been installed as the clear favourite to win the Irish Derby on June 29 after his superb win at Epsom.
<div><p>Aidan O’Brien’s superstar three-year-old delivered a devastating performance to land the Derby at the beginning of the month. He saw off ferocious competition from Madhmoon and Japan and handed the Ballydoyle maestro a record-equalling seventh victory in the supremely prestigious race. It came 18 years after O’Brien’s first Derby winner in 2001, when Galileo romped to victory. Galileo is an outrageously successful sire and he has now fathered four Derby winners – New Approach, Ruler of the World, Australia and Anthony Van Dyck – plus legends such as Frankel, Churchill and Minding.</p><p>Now O’Brien will take Anthony Van Dyck back to his native land in a bid to win the Irish Derby at the Curragh. Harzand was the last horse to win the Epsom and Irish Derby double, clinching both races in 2016, while Australia pulled it off in 2014 and so did Camelot in 2012. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=8e57de00-8c0e-4848-b6da-ea2a0f565fb1&f=1" target="_blank" title="888 Sport">888 Sport</a> is offering a market leading 13/8 on Anthony Van Dyck – named after a famous Flemish baroque artist – joining that illustrious roll call on June 29.</p><p>Stablemate Broome, who finished fourth in the Derby at Epsom, is the 3/1 second favourite with many, although <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> has 4/1 on him and that looks like a tempting each-way shout. Madhmoon is also 4/1 and he will bid to gain revenge for that narrow defeat in the Derby. Japan is priced at 8/1, but Anthony Van Dyck is attracting the most wagers right now and he has gone in from 2/1 last week.</p></div>